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  1. We've been computerless since last week. Fortunately I got a Kobo Arc for my birthday so I'm back online. Could anyone tell me if there was a vote for the category for the next book group read as last time I looked you were discussing options and now I see that it's to be a Sherlock Holmes? Did I miss something?
  2. Why not just have two reads? I would appreciate a choice. Maybe, as Grasshopper has said, different genres or have the top two in the same vote being taken up, it has been very close in the past? Some of you might want to read both.
  3. Personally, more concerned about the rise of the rat population in our vicinity. We live fairly close to a large shopping centre and see rats out and about outside there in the day-time. Over the weekend my DH looked out of our kitchen window and saw a rat nibbling at our blackberries, the cheek! Going to have to lay traps again which worked last year. My sympathies, Athena & Nonsuch, re. the chickens. However, I don't understand why you can't eat chicken anymore as I would separate the fox killing them for its food and KFC etc buying other mass produced chickens for our consumption. I did read a newspaper article a couple of weeks ago about how fast food chains were sourcing chickens bred too fast (i.e. killed too young) and pumped full of antibiotics etc which makes me wonder how good this is for our health. If I could afford it, I would only buy organic chicken who have led a long enough life. Many years ago I worked in the Dairy industry. What I learnt from then about growth hormones and antibiotics being fed to the Americans via their milk and beef and the possible threat to our milk industry going the same way converted me to organic milk at any cost. We've always bought organic potatoes and carrots too.
  4. Thanks to all for the congratulations, I am basking in reflected glory and very proud of them. Re. rabbits, this conversation brings to mind Alan Titchmarsh's monologue in one of the audiobooks I have of his where he blames Beatrix Potter for romanticising rabbits and their exploits! I bet no gardening parent with experience of the havoc rabbits can cause would ever read her Peter Rabbit to their kids! I also vaguely remember Gervase Phinn having a tale or two to tell about farmers' kids who reacted to this and other such books too.
  5. To busy over the last few days to post that our son no.2 scored a fantastic 100% in his English Language GCSE. He did very well in the rest of them too.
  6. Those whose focus is on the news can end up depressing those around them. I would add people who persistently complain about other people and their actions or words and don't consider having a chat with the person they're complaining about to address said complaint. General moaners, I suppose. BTW, this thread could go on & on & on as it is so easy to see the negative in others and situations etc.!
  7. It has been very interesting to see your experiences/views of the man himself. I hadn't looked him up on Youtube. It was because I enjoyed the Music & Monarchy series that I wanted to see his other work. He certainly doesn't sound very PC but I don't mind that as provocation can sometimes reveal alot about the other person's character and motives. I hasten to add that I don't do this myself but I do know someone who does and it certainly makes those around said person think and, occasionally, overreact. It takes all sorts to make a world and patience and forgiveness is needed with some. So far I've only had time to watch the first episode of the first series of Monarchy with my eldest son. The picture quality wasn't at all like the HD Music & Monarchy because it was made in 2007 and seemed to be shot in bright sunlight at the wrong angle to the camera. Hope it doesn't turn out to be an inferior quality set and hence the cheap price. I'll be querying this will Amazon, from whom I purchased it , if it gets worse. BTW apologies but I forgot to use the Amazon link here on BGO to make my purchase.
  8. Very funny! The Language Dept. at my teenage kids' school set them the task of creating a Mr Men or Little Miss book in Spanish. This meant writing an original story, illustrating it and producing a finished copy. Two of my kids have done Spanish and had to do this and absolutely loved doing this. As teenagers they could see how to bring out an adult slant in a kids story to keep the adults reading it amused. I loved it too.
  9. I haven't read the novel you're reviewing but I've read Richard's biography of his father's side of the family: Fathers & Sons. It is very good for a biography but if he's written a novel in the same way then I can see it wouldn't work. Unfortunately, bookwriting has become a very profitable business for "celebrities" generally as can be seen by the number of so-called autobiographies which come out on a regular basis and haven't actually been written by the person on the frontcover. Ghostwriting is lucrative for those involved. I struggled through Alfie Boe's which had obviously been dictated and passed on to a ghostwriter. It was full of errors etc. I decided to stick to listening to his singing only. I started Rob Brydon's recently and gave up after a couple of chapters as it wasn't funny or interesting.
  10. Thanks, tagesmann. Have you read the books? I was wondering if they have more detail than the TV series.
  11. It's the second time he's had this surgery!
  12. I like cookery books and biographies especially historical ones. What about an Agatha Christie? (I've only just started to read her novels and I now realise why a friend of mine at school loved them or are they too easy a read?).
  13. We've been watching David Starkey's Music & Monarchy BBC series. I've really enjoyed it. I purchased a couple of bargains recently - a set of audiocassettes from our local library of his Six Wives of Henry VIII for £1 and the boxed set of all the Channel 4 Monarchy series, Elizabeth 1 series and the Six Wives series for £14ish from Amazon. Has anyone seen these? I'm hoping that these will be useful for GCSE & A level History as well as enjoyable watching for the rest of the summer hols and beyond.
  14. Hope it all gets sorted asap, Momac. We've been celebrating all day today as eldest son has achieved brilliant A Level results: Maths, A*, Further Maths, A, Physics, A & Music, A. Having had toenail surgery yesterday (both big toenails), he now happy but exhausted! He will be going to uni to read Maths. Hopefully, his toes will be fully healed by then.
  15. I remember seeing her on BBC Breakfast TV for the launch of her book. It's lovely how looking at her drawings of her children brings back memories of my own at that age!
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